Eataly at lunchtime recently. My dining companion and I found a crowded, confusing food hall. The retail options are mixed in among the food stalls making for a not-so-comfortable experience. It's still early, so perhaps when things settle down the place will seem calmer. But our attempt to try the pizza was thwarted by a 35- to 40-minute wait to sit down. So instead, we ended up at the panini counter. The choices were limited — just a couple options for cold sandwiches and hot ones.
Dinner at KanoyamaChirashi: assorted fish served over rice. The fish is great at Kanoyama and I love sampling a variety of it. My favorite part of this dish though is the deep box of rice mixed with ginger and Japanese pickles hidden under all of this that helped to make it filling. I could do without the tasteless bales of shredded radish though.
Afternoon at the New Amsterdam Market
On our way over to the market, we strolled past the vendors of the Fulton Stall Market and picked up a few carb-y treats, which quickly became snacks for later once we made it to our main destination.
The New Amsterdam Market is now a weekly (Sundays through December) food bazaar near South Street Seaport in the former site of the Fulton Fish Market with an emphasis on local food. There were lots of vendors to try, many with free samples. My dining companion and I made lunch out of a vegetable tamale from Katchkie Farm and a beer-braised beef sandwich from Jimmy's No. 43. And for dessert, ice cream from The Bent Spoon.
A small cup gets you two flavors. I decided on the beet-basil ice cream and the nectarine sorbet. Both were terrific, boldly flavored and had a great soft, creamy texture.
We also picked up some Mother-In-Law's Kimchi and some Bellwether Hard Cider. Exploring food markets is one of my favorite activities, so I'm happy to support this market!